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BNRC Re-opens Access Trail to Mahanna Cobble
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:21AM / Friday, January 15, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass — Hikers can now enjoy a new access trail to Mahanna Cobble that is open during the winter.

Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Bousquet Mountain and Mill Town Capital on Wednesday re-opened the improved trail to  the cobble, a conservation reserve owned and managed by BNRC.

"BNRC appreciates a strong partner in Bousquet Mountain and Mill Town as we seek to offer improved hiking experiences close to community centers, year-round. We are thrilled to finally have four-season access to this beautiful new trail and destination in central Berkshire," BNRC President Jenny Hansell wrote in a press release. "Thanks to the generosity of Mill Town and

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Pittsfield Public Schools Extends Suspension of Sports
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
08:43PM / Monday, December 14, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield will not be seeing winter sports as long as students are learning remotely.

On Monday, the School Committee approved the extended suspension of all interscholastic athletic programming and traditionally offered winter sports to align with the extension of the district's current all-remote education model.

Winter athletic programming will remain suspended until at minimum in-person learning resumes, with the target start date for the programming to potentially begin following one week or five school days of in-person learning resuming successfully.

"As a mayor, as a person in this community, I cannot be in a position of setting up our community

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Bousquet Readying to Welcome Skiers Under New Ownership
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:55PM / Wednesday, December 02, 2020
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The lodge won't be utilized at present because of COVID-19 restrictions but Fresh Powder LLC was approved for a license transfer and for allowing serving outside.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Local investment group Mill Town Capital is making sure that Pittsfield's only ski area is open for businesses despite the pandemic.    At Monday's Licensing Board meeting, attorney Michael McDonald represented the investment group, notifying the board that Bousquet is anticipating the slopes being ready by Dec. 18.   Mill Town has made several improvements on the ski area. A new triple chairlift is in the process of being installed along with new water lines and

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Mount Greylock Making Winter Plans for High School Sports
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:11AM / Wednesday, November 25, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School District is making winter plans for its athletic programs.   On Monday, Athletic Director Lindsey von Holtz proposed a plan to the School Committee for four competitive varsity teams in the upcoming season: boys and girls basketball and boys and girls cross country skiing.   Von Holtz said Mount Greylock in years past has offered opportunities for its students to compete on cooperative teams in ice hockey, wrestling and swimming, but for various reasons those are not in the cards this winter. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association has moved competitive wrestling to the spring due to restrictions that

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Bousquet Outlines COVID-19 Operations
03:57PM / Wednesday, November 18, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Bousquet Mountain announced details of its operations for the upcoming 2020-2021 ski season and how they plan to adapt to the new COVID-19 environment.   According to a press release sent out Wednesday, Bousquet intends to comply with all local and state COVID regulations. Among these, skiers and riders can expect capacity restrictions on the mountain and on chair lifts; social distancing rules; and mandatory face covering.   "Our primary focus will be on the wellbeing of our employees, season pass holders, and the local community," General Manager Kevin McMillan said. "Season pass holders have made a commitment to us, so we in turn have

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Berkshire Force 12U Team Wins New York Tournament
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11:20AM / Monday, October 19, 2020
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HATHAM, N.Y. -- The Berkshire Force 12-and-under travel softball team went 5-0 over the weekend in winning the "Crush-Tober Fest" tournament at Chatham Memorial Fields.   The Force won the title game, 5-2, against the Bethlehem Bandits.   Team members include Mariah Barnes, Madeline Harrington, Gionnah Levardi,  Mia Dejesus, Evelyn Julieano, Ella Stodden, Grace Julieano, Kylie Duhamel, Madison Barber, Bella Tart, A.J. Pelkey and Jianna Kruger.

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BMX Pro Jake Seeley Debuts Film at The Garden
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:04AM / Friday, October 09, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Professional BMX rider Jake Seeley hopes to give the community a taste of freestyling and bike motocross with the premier of "Gangster Street Biking."   The film crams two years of footage into about 23 minutes, showcasing Seeley's life over the last two years including the people with whom he has crossed paths and some of his favorite riders who are also close friends.   "I want to share that feeling that I get to experience kind of often because that's my job and it's what I have been doing for a profession," he said. "By making this film they can experience the same feeling and it will only motivate kids to

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Berkshire Force 12U Team Wins Connecticut Tourney
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11:40AM / Monday, October 05, 2020
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WINDSOR, Conn. -- The Berkshire Force 12-and-under travel softball team went 5-0 to win a tournament title at Fast Pitch Nation Park over the weekend.   Its victories included an 8-4 win over the Western Mass Heat and a 9-8 win over the Connecticut Seahawks in the championship game.   Team members include Mariah Barnes, Evelyn Julieano, Gionnah Levardi, Jianna Kruger, Madeline Harrington, Ella Stodden, Bella Tart, Madison Barber, A.J. Pelkey, Kylie Duhamel,  Mia Dejesus and Grace Julieano.

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Pittsfield Seeks Input For Draft Bicycle Facilities Master Plan
02:28AM / Tuesday, September 29, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city of Pittsfield is requesting public input for its draft Bicycle Facilities Master Plan.   The plan aims to establish a safe, comfortable and connected bicycle network throughout the city that is accessible to people of all ages and abilities.   "With this project, the City of Pittsfield is taking a significant step in its steadfast commitment to plan and implement a safe and accessible citywide network for people who bike for various reasons to a range of destinations throughout Pittsfield," City Planner CJ Hoss said. "The development of this master plan will be a collaborative process, and we are seeking to hear from the

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State Urges Residents to Report Signs of Invasive Spotted Lanternfly
08:49AM / Monday, September 28, 2020
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BOSTON, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) announced that it has identified two dead specimens of the spotted lanternfly (SLF) in communities, and is urging residents to report any sign of the invasive pest.    The specimens were recovered in the towns of Milford and Norwood and were brought into Massachusetts on materials shipped from Pennsylvania counties currently under a spotted lanternfly quarantine.   Additionally, MDAR was recently notified that nursery stock with spotted lanternfly egg masses and adults may have been unintentionally imported and planted in several parts of Massachusetts.   MDAR is urging anyone who has

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